#DoesItFart has been trending on Twitter, and scientists have been answering. Here’s everything you need to know about the farting database.
What Farts Say About Your Health –
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What Makes Us Fart?
“The answer may stink, but eating or drinking anything gives us gas. In fact, it’s normal to fart up to half of a gallon (1.9 liters), or about 15 to 20 toots worth of gas, each day.”
Is It True That Birds Can’t Fart?
“It’s not that they can’t. They just don’t need to, says Mike Murray, a veterinarian at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. Birds have the anatomical and physical ability to pass gas, he explains, ‘but if I saw gas in a bird’s gastrointestinal tract on an x-ray, I’d suspect that something abnormal was going on in there.'”
Termites: A Potentially Large Source of Atmospheric Methane, Carbon Dioxide, and Molecular Hydrogen
“Termites may emit large quantities of methane, carbon dioxide, and molecular hydrogen into the atmosphere. Global annual emissions calculated from laboratory measurements could reach 1.5 x 1014 grams of methane and 5 x 1016 grams of carbon dioxide.”
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